Victoria’s Gippsland region, which stretches from Melbourne’s east all the way across to the New South Wales border, is rightly famed for its amazing natural beauty. While the stunning granite peaks of Wilsons Promontory National Park are Gippsland’s most famous attraction, just to the north is the different – but equally stunning – 90-Mile Beach (which is actually 94 miles or 151 kilometres long).
Stretching from the historic sea port of Port Albert up to Lakes Entrance, the beach lies on the edge of a long thin sand dune. Behind the dunes are a series of lakes and lagoons, including the three largest – Lake King, Lake Victoria and Lake Wellington. The whole area is unsurprisingly a haven for wildlife, bird life and marine life, and the beach is also a top spot for fishing, as well as spotting whales and dolphins.
While there are some charming coastal villages around, it will always be the golden, unspoilt beach itself that will be the main attraction to grey nomads and other travellers. Indeed, this beach is believed to be the fourth longest uninterrupted beach in the world, behind only beaches in Brazil, the US, and the poorly named Eighty Mile Beach in Western Australia. The beach can be reached from the South Gippsland Highway via the towns of Woodside Beach, Seaspray, Golden Beach or Loch Sport and Lakes Entrance.
There are some excellent camping and accommodation options in the area including some great caravan parks, such as the one in Seaspray. From this attractive and peaceful coastal town, travellers can make their way along Shoreline Drive to the very welcoming beachfront town of Golden Beach. Here, free camping is allowed on the foreshores and there is direct access to the beach via pathways across the sand dunes.
At the northern end, this remarkable beach ends near the holiday town of Lakes Entrance which boasts an extensive lake coastline and numerous marinas and jetties.
As well as the beach and the towns, visitors should also make the effort to explore Lakes National Park and the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park, both of which offer camping options. For wildlife enthusiasts, boaters, fishermen or just lovers of incredible scenery, this area is a must-see, must-experience.